On Monday, we posted about the Historic Jackson Heights Weekend, which features two days of walking tours around the neighborhood. This was accurate as far as it goes, but it deserves an amplification, as there are guided treks all around the borough this weekend.
On Saturday, official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum gives his signature expedition, The World of the 7 Train. It’s actually a series of six walks along with subway rides. He discusses the history and impact of the 7 line, while stopping in Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Corona, and Flushing, where the event ends with lunch, probably at a Chinese restaurant.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is celebrating its 40th anniversary in Queens — where else? — this week. Other fun activities include a strawberry festival, a hot dog-eating contest, a theater festival, a mama’s expo, and plenty of live outdoor music. Here’s the rundown.
June 12, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience, 7:30 pm. This is a screening and live reenactment by the New York City Shadow Cast of the 1970s cult movie, which is now celebrating its 40th anniversary. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District.
June 12, Unchained Theatre Festival, until June 28. This third annual extravaganza features 16 pieces, ranging from 10-minute shorts to full-length plays, performed three times in the course of three weeks. Voting by audiences and judges determines the top pieces, which receive an additional performance during the finale on June 28. $15/$18 for final round/closing ceremony. The Chain Theatre, 21-28 45th Rd., LIC.
It’s the most diverse county in the world and the best tourism destination in the United States, so it’s no surprise that Queens is overflowing with wonderful Valentine’s Day activities and bargains. In fact, local chances for romance and fun related to this international holiday are so numerous that they run for more than two weeks and include everything from live music to a “love run,” hotel getaways, and even a blood drive for the do-gooders. Another photo and many more details are on the jump page.
Sometimes Queens is so diverse it’s scary. Upcoming Halloween events include everything from senior events to youth events; cemetery fun to casino fun; and food-making to mask-making. And let’s not even begin to discuss all the great neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. To aid decision-making, the Queens Tourism Council suggests the following activities because they combine enjoyment with safety, enrichment, and even some sweet treats. They appear on the jump page.
Recently, I received an invite to attend a Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) mixer and cocktail event at the Z Hotel in Long Island City. Normally, this sort of business card exchange leaves me flat, but I’ve been eager to check out the view from the Z Hotel’s roof top lounge since it opened, so I gathered up my camera and convinced my wife to meet me in Queens Plaza after she got out of work in the city.
The views certainly did not disappoint either of us, and since my ulterior motive in attending the thing was to gather some shots, I left her chatting with a few other attendees and got down to business. Pictured above is mighty Queensboro on the right with a still quite industrial LIC acting as a frame for the East River, Roosevelt Island and Midtown Manhattan.
It’s hard not to take notice of the 1,396 foot 432 Park Avenue rising between 56th and 57th Streets over in the Shining City of Manhattan, by the way.
LOTS more after the jump, including special guest stars…
As it has for the past five years, Queens will be left in the dark during NYC’s 2013 Fourth of July celebration. The Macy’s fireworks will again shoot over the Hudson River, making the best viewing spots in Manhattan and even New Jersey. So the best chance to see an illuminated Queens sky is at Citi Field tonight (July 3rd) after the Mets game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, which starts at 7:10 pm. However, the borough offers so many other fun activities over Independence Weekend that nobody will miss the pyrotechnics. On July 4th, the Louis Armstrong House Museum launches its summer concert series with Bria Skonberg, a fast-rising trumpet star, and her jazz band at 2 pm. An hour later, the Z Hotel’s rooftop party gets started with a live deejay on this 300-capacity roof, which offers breath-taking views of Midtown Manhattan, the East River, the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge and Queens. On July 6th, Ridgewood Social will organize a huge, family-friendly potluck picnic at Grover Cleveland Park from noon to 3:30 pm. Participants bring food, drinks, creative supplies and silverware, and they enjoy painting, drawing, knitting, crochet and the opportunity for youngsters to slay a dragon. Also on July 6th, MoMA PS1 will hold its second nine-hour Warm Up Series jam with the doors opening at noon. On July 7th, The Inner Roots Band will bring its unique style of reggae to the Queens Central Library at 3 pm. Formerly known as “Ryddim Kings,” this group takes audiences on a journey through Jamaican music with ska, dance hall and vintage classics by Bob Marley.
It’s networking on performance-enhancing drugs. Actually, a performance-enhancing app. On June 4, Long Island City-based tech startup herematch will use its namesake app to host a Matchup on the Z Hotel’s rooftop in LIC (above photo depicts herematch owners at similar event). Roughly 200 attendees are expected, and they will use the free herematch app on smartphones to learn about other attendees with complementing talents, similar professional or personal interests and the same memberships, alma maters or even hometowns. Details: Matchup, June 4, Z Rooftop, 11-01 43rd Avenue, LIC, Free with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar featuring Z’s signature Bridgeview cocktail (below), register here.
Image Source: Z Hotel
From now on, it’s all fun and games at Z Hotel on Tuesday nights. On March 12, the LIC botique hotel will launch a weekly promotion that mixes board games, specialty drinks, karaoke, Spanish food, socializing and special room rates. The Z’s new $7 Tuesday night cocktails have such names as Game Changer, Get on Board, Monopoly Melon Mojito, Karaoke Coconut Cosmo and White Chocolate Check Mate Martini. The hotel’s Tuesday tapas menu will feature a buy-one-get-one-half-off deal. Chess, backgammon and Monopoly will take place along with a competitive game of Karaoke with prizes for the best singer of the night. And if that’s not enough, Z will offer a special rate of $175 for a hotel room and, from 6:45-11:45pm, will provide free transportation to the hotel from the following locations: 47-20 Center Blvd.; Vernon Blvd. and 50th St.; 47th Rd. and Vernon Blvd.; and 46th Rd. and Vernon Blvd.
Game Night at Z Hotel NYC
Z Hotel NYC
11-01 43rd Avenue, Long Island City
Tuesday, March 12
7pm – 11:45pm | $7 for signature drinks
Image Source: Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel
Tony Bennett might have left his heart in San Francisco and Virginia might be for lovers, but Queens is romantic royalty. On Valentine’s Day, the borough will overflow with enchanting places to stay, eat, giggle, listen or dance the night away. In fact, there are so many options that QNYC can only report a few of them and parts of their offers.
- Entertainment: The Skyline Princess luxury liner will take passengers from the Flushing Marina around Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty with a three-course meal. The Laughing Devil Comedy Club will host a lineup of big names from the funny world — Mark Riccadonna, Leighann Lord, Andy Hendrickson, Scott Sharp, Miguel Dalmau and Dina Hashem — debating the he-said/she-said hilarities of life. Just down the road in Long Island City, the Secret Theatre will launch Much Ado About Nothing. Patrons will be able to enjoy this “Trash Period” take on Shakespeare’s timeless play and receive chocolates, a rose and two glasses of pink bubbly.
- Staycation: Various hotels, such as Z, Marco and Holiday Inn Citi Field, are offering packages good during the few weeks around February 14. Stay at the Z and choose between Naughty and Nice to receive handcuffs and blindfolds or an in-room massage and breakfast in bed. Hunker down at the Marco and you get to dine at its sister restaurant, Magna, which won Best Entree at Queens Taste 2012. Over at Holiday Inn Citi Field, guests will consume chilled champagne and chocolates in their king-size bed.
- Dining: Resorts World is a casino, but its two restaurants, Genting Palace (Asian) and RW Prime (Steakhouse), will tempt with prix fixe menus this Thursday. Rest-au-rant will offer a five-course, shareable menu for two accompanied by a free cabaret show and a performance by vocalist/poet/actress DeeAnne Gorman.
- Dance: Villa Russo in Richmond Hill will put together a 12-item buffet with all-you-can-drink Merlot, Chardonnay or soft drinks. Rego Park’s Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center will organize a free dance for seniors, sponsored by WellCare.
11-01 43rd Avenue, Long Island City